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Cost Of Moving a Boiler

A guide of the process of hiring a tradesman to move your boiler, including the costs of labour and any materials.

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This article will detail the work required to move a boiler from one position to another. Boiler systems are intricate designs, and most parts should only be by a qualified professional CORGI-registered engineer. Some areas can be carried out by the average DIY enthusiast, such as readying new pipework and modifications to walls and surrounding areas, before such an engineer is called. Still, any invasive work must be carried out by an accredited professional.

The reasons for opting for a relocating of a boiler can include a multitude of reasons such as a new home renovation, fitting new kitchen, a loft renovation, because of a potentially unsafe appliance or cramped position or even to upgrade to a new much more efficient boiler, hot water and home heating system. Occasionally this is caused by replacing an inefficient oil boiler in the kitchen with a modern gas boiler in another location, such as a garage or utility room.

Sometimes a poor-performing and faulty boiler or merely an older boiler that is out of date and doesn’t have a ready supply of spare parts available may be the purpose for a boiler reposition to a new room or location. A boiler relocation can also deliver extra storage space if that’s what you are looking for.

Costs involved with moving a boiler

On average, relocating a boiler will cost from £300 to £800. This number will be affected by numerous factors and, as you may imagine, the more complicated the move, the more expensive it is. On average, the cost of moving it will include a new boiler flue (£70-£120), pipework and fittings (£300-£600), a new magnetic filter (£90-£120) and alternate controls (£100-£600), so the cost could vary widely.

What moving a boiler entails

Moving a boiler is actually a far more extensive job than fitting one from new as it involves the dismantling of the old position and reinstalling it in the desired location. This will usually mean that a new flue has to be fitted – through a new invasive hole – and changes to pipework carrying water supply in and out, and connections to radiators. The job will also entail moving or extending gas-pipe fitting, and this must be carried out by a CORGI-registered engineer. You should be able to carry out ancillary tasks such as moving and extending piping to the radiators.

Other tradesman that may be needed

If you are moving a boiler, it’s an excellent opportunity to carry out general decorating activities on both the new area and the old one, which will need a good deal of repair anyway. If you are moving a boiler, you may want to consider replacing the old one with a new one, depending upon the age of your current boiler.

General advice when having a boiler removed

Once you have decided that you either want or need to move your boiler, you will need to review the new area and decide how much other work needs to be done to achieve this. Generally, the new piping to the relocated boiler will need to go under the floorboards, and you need to assess what coverings you have as they will have to be interfered with. If you have carpet over floorboards, this is quite an easy task, whereas if you have an engineered wood floor or tiles, the work will become more substantial and more expensive.

Once your boiler has been relocated, you need to add a carbon monoxide alarm in the new location. You should also watch the pressure of your newly situated boiler for a few weeks to pre-empt any potential problems. It could take a while for the system to settle down into its latest position, and it may need re-pressurising in the initial few days.

Building regulations to follow

While you may not have to apply for planning permission to move a boiler, you will have to comply with a variety of building regulations, particularly about the siting of the flue and the gas feed pipes. Your gas engineer will know all about these and will be able to advise you. You should fit a new carbon monoxide detector near the recently moved boiler to detect any problems with the flue and alert you so that it can be fixed.

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